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Dec 09, 2017 19:59 |  #1

Please CC. I feel like I'm struggling with high-key photography. Also, what do you guys think about composition? Does the second picture look unbalanced? Thanks for your time. :-)

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Dec 10, 2017 07:42 |  #2

These are cute.

I like the lighting. It's nearly perfect in picture one, tiny bit hot on his left cheek in picture two. It's funny......the silver balls in picture one look like they're on his feet like big slippers.  :p


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Dec 10, 2017 09:35 |  #3

Lighting looks great to me. The fuzzy rug in picture 2 is annoying to me.


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Dec 10, 2017 13:40 |  #4

copmagnet82 wrote in post #18514391 (external link)
Also, what do you guys think about composition? Does the second picture look unbalanced?

The balance would probably have been better if you had placed him on the left side of the image.


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Dec 10, 2017 15:40 |  #5

These are nice images but not really High Key. High Key is very bright and lacking contrast.


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Dec 10, 2017 21:19 as a reply to DagoImaging's post |  #6

You mean lacking contrast range (tonality and detail). High contrast in photography generally means a composition that is pushed to extreme bright and dark (IE sliding a contrast slider to high). With these photos, it looks like you're trying to have more a desaturated color scheme...I agree that it's not High Key in the classic sense: your subject has enough contrast range to show details in the hair, eyes, and skin tones: they're good portraits as photos go. As for the second photo's composition: I would have brought the wagon closer in


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Dec 10, 2017 23:16 |  #7

Well... I guess all this time I sort of had a misunderstanding of high and low key -? I always thought high key was a lot of white/bright tones and low key was a lot of black/dark tones. With that being said my opening sentence was right on the money :lol:

I feel like I'm struggling with high-key photography

If anyone wants to edit those to make them look high key, so I can see the difference, you have my permission.

Either way, thank you all for the feedback.

As far as the desaturated look... those props actually look desaturated in real life, so it was "unintentional".


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Dec 11, 2017 06:24 |  #8

copmagnet82 wrote in post #18515146 (external link)
Well... I guess all this time I sort of had a misunderstanding of high and low key -? I always thought high key was a lot of white/bright tones and low key was a lot of black/dark tones. With that being said my opening sentence was right on the money :lol:

If anyone wants to edit those to make them look high key, so I can see the difference, you have my permission.

Either way, thank you all for the feedback.

As far as the desaturated look... those props actually look desaturated in real life, so it was "unintentional".

You can't just edit a photo and make it high key. But don't get caught up in the terms, there is no need to change these to meet some definition of high key.




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Dec 11, 2017 10:07 |  #9

gonzogolf wrote in post #18515232 (external link)
You can't just edit a photo and make it high key. But don't get caught up in the terms, there is no need to change these to meet some definition of high key.

I was hoping that it'd be possible to make changes to parts of the picture to give it more of a high key look for educational purposes only, but I get what you're saying. I can't believe I've been using the term improperly for all this time :cry: .


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Just a quick example...not completely accruate.

Low contrast and bright image.

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Dec 11, 2017 20:33 |  #11

Here's another example: pushing contrast filters and middle values in curves:

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Dec 12, 2017 14:20 |  #12

HESUS, those eyes. Those are overdone and scary.


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Dec 14, 2017 16:51 |  #13

First has something on the bottom. Both are good, IMO, but white is next to invisible.
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Dec 14, 2017 16:53 |  #14

olafs osh wrote in post #18516331 (external link)
HESUS, those eyes. Those are overdone and scary.

Agree. It is Christmas, not Halloween.


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Dec 14, 2017 18:40 |  #15

What do you expect for a high-key Christmas;-)a My example was meant to show what high-contrast is: a pushing of contrast to blacks and whites (classic definition is strongly contrasting elements).


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